WhAT IS A BIGDUMBHICK?

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That's me, Jeff Wall. I'm the Bigdumbhick. I'm am acoustic Singer/Songwriter/Storyteller/Stud Mule living in Winston-Salem, NC.

"But why Bigdumbhick?"

Because I'm 6'7", weigh more than 300lbs, and usually can be found wearing bib overalls (the clothing of choice for full-figured men). Bib overalls cause people to automatically assume that you are dumb....and a hick.

Besides, if you do a Google search on Jeff Wall, you are going to find a Canadian. Probably the esteemed photographer Jeff Wall (no relation), or the equally esteemed British Columbia based Singer/Songwriter Jeff Wall (no relation), not the esteemed, big, hairy-ass, hillbilly, Singer/Songwriter/Storyteller/Stud Mule, Jeff Wall from North Carolina.

But if you do a search for Bigdumbhick, you are gonna find me. That's because there is only one Bigdumbhick.

"What do you sound like? What kind of music do you play?"

What kind of music do I play? Good Music. Bigdumbhick music. How do I answer this? I am a solo acoustic folk musician (whatever that means) who has tested positive for Bluegrass and Honky-Tonk. I can play all the other different Roots Music styles: Folk, Country, Rock, Blues, and even some Punk and Reggae, but it's still going to have a Bluegrass or Honky-Tonk flavor to it irregardless. In fact, there are some videos below that will show that.


”What can I expect at one of your shows?”

When I am playing out, I basically have two different kinds of performances.

The first one is a "show", where I am the primary focus of attention. I usually will play all original music, but I can include covers if you so wish. What I will do is I will play songs, I will tell jokes and stories, and I will usually interact A LOT with the audience...they are just as much a part of the show as I am. This can either be a family-friendly performance or it can be a much more rowdy "R-Rated" show, It totally depends upon the needs of venue. 

The other performance type is where I am NOT the primary focus of attention. People are eating and drinking and my job in that situation is to provide family friendly quality music that is not so loud that people can't talk with each other. I call it background music. This is suitable more toward craft breweries and/or restaurants that want live music, but not a "show".

I enjoy doing both of these.

When I book a gig, I want to try and show up early. I will ask the bartender or person in charge, where they want me to set up. I will ask what their musical needs are. I will set up the PA and verify the volume is right with the bar staff. I will ask them to let me know if the volume needs to be adjusted either up or down at any point during the performance. Sometimes I will ask if I can start early. If I am having fun and the crowd is having fun, I will often ask to play longer than originally contracted for.

My goal is for the club owners and the customers to all be happy. Happy people tip well. Happy bartenders and club owners tend to book you again. that makes me happy.

Jeff Wall

 
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Official BIO:

What is a bigdumbhick?

 

Short Version: 

Jeff Wall is the Bigdumbhick, a 6’7”, 300+lb, bib-overall wearing, solo acoustic singer/songwriter and storyteller from the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Originally from Middle Tennessee, He spent 20 years in the Navy, where he taught himself to play guitar when he wasn’t busy sitting on his ass, smoking cigarettes, reading, and occasionally being allowed to blow something up. He’s traveled the world, and he has broken bread and played music with people from every imaginable point of the political, religious, and social spectrum.  He’s not nearly as “Dumb” or as “Hick” as he might initially appear to be.

What he is is a hilarious performer, one who writes darkly humorous songs, songs which often disguise some deep insight or message.  One moment he will have you crying with laughter, and then out of the blue he will hit you with something extremely personal and moving, causing your jaw, and often a few tears, to hit the ground.

What you see is what you get. There's no pretense, no posturing, no bullshit. Well, maybe a little bullshit, but he’s real.  He is what he is and he ain’t ashamed of it.

“Jeff Wall is big, hairy, and foul-mouthed... and about the most fun performer you'll ever see. What might surprise you is the amount of heart and honesty there is in his music. In just three visits to Leveneleven Brewing he's built a real cult following. His material is funny, irreverent and sometimes startlingly moving”. – Dan Ray

For fans of John Prine, Todd Snider, Louden Wainwright, Robert Earl Keen, and Jerry Jeff Walker

Long Version:


Jeff Wall is the Bigdumbhick, a solo acoustic singer/songwriter/storyteller from the Piedmont area of North Carolina

At 6’7” and more than 300lbs, it is easy to understand the “Big” part. The “Dumb” part is easy too. Look at him.  He just looks dumb. Big and dumb, like Lennie Small with a guitar in his hands…  but he knows who Lennie Small is and you’re probably going to have to look it up, so maybe he’s not as dumb as he looks.

Originally from Middle Tennessee, He joined the Navy where he specialized in sitting on his ass, smoking cigarettes, and occasionally being allowed to blow stuff up. He’s read a bunch of books. He’s lived all over the US, has traveled the world, and has met, broken bread, and played music with people from every imaginable point of the political, religious, and social spectrum.  He’s not nearly as “Hick” as he portrays himself to be.

His Great Grandfather, who played fiddle and banjo, was the town drunk. The family is still trying to live down the banjo thing. His father was a Law Enforcement Officer who sang in local Honky-Tonks while busting bootleggers and moonshiners. His uncle sold bootleg Truck Stop 8-track tapes. There was always a radio on tuned WLAC, the Clear Channel R&B station, or WSM, the Clear Channel Country station. Music has always been a major part of his life.

While in the Navy he taught himself to play guitar and from that point on it was rare that one wasn’t close at hand. Whenever his ship would enter a new port, everyone would head to the closest bar, but would search out local musicians to play with. From playing Gypsy Jazz in a city park in Bari, Italy with a 70 year old gentleman who had watched the great Django Reinhardt play in the clubs of Paris, to playing old American Folk and Cowboy tunes with a street musician in Split, Croatia with a young man with a heavily bandaged big toe which had been broken when a bomb fell on his house in Belgrade.
 
After retiring from the Navy, he settled in NC where he would attend Bluegrass Festivals and Fiddlers Conventions in order to pick around a campfire until the sun would come up. He played various local bars and would sit in with friends when they came through town. In his mid-50s that it was time for him to start writing his own songs and he embarked upon a career as a Singer/Songwriter, what with the current strength of the music business and there being such an overwhelming demand for old, fat, grumpy, hillbilly musicians singing songs about how they can’t get laid anymore … Ok, maybe he’s earned the “Dumb” part honestly.

He is a hilarious performer, He often writes darkly humorous songs, which will contain some deep insight or message.  One moment he will have you crying with laughter, and then out of the blue he will then hit you with something extremely personal, powerful, and moving causing your jaw, and often a few tears, to hit the ground.

What you see is what you get. There's no pretense, no posturing, no bullshit. Well, maybe a little bullshit, but he’s real.  He is what he is and he ain’t ashamed of it.

“Jeff Wall is big, hairy, and foul-mouthed... and about the most fun performer you'll ever see. What might surprise you is the amount of heart and honesty there is in his music. In just three visits to Leveneleven Brewing he's built a real cult following. His material is funny, irreverent and sometimes startlingly moving”. – Dan Ray

For fans of John Prine, Todd Snider, Louden Wainwright, Robert Earl Keen, and Jerry Jeff Walker

 

 

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VIDEOS

This is one of the first songs I ever wrote - "Erectile Dysfunction Blues"

A cover of Tom T. Hall's “That's How I Got To Memphis” - That I learned off a Bobby Bare Recording

A parody of Hank Jr’s “Family Tradition” called “Viagra Prescription”

“Seventh Son” written by Willie Dixon, was a big hit for Johnny Rivers

a Ramones Cover....”I want to be Sedated” Bluegrass style

This is a later more finished version of “Erectile Dysfunction Blues”

An original song about a universal truth - “If Mama ain’t Happy”

Recorded live, a Mickey Newbury song made famous by Kenny Rogers and the Big Lewbowski - “Just Dropped In”

A grassed up cover of the great Willie Dixon/Muddy Waters “I Live the Life I Love”

“I Wanna Be Your Dog”. Who knew Iggy and the Stooges were actually a Hillbilly band?

An original Gospel song - “Guitars and Titties”

“Rambling Fever” From the Merle Haggard tribute at the Kraken, Chapel Hill, NC, 6/10/16. Jeff Wall (vox, acoustic gtr) with Lance White and Mitch Renkow (gtr), Clay Buckner (fiddle), Rick Mathey (pedal steel), Berkeley Grimbal (sax), Tim Smith (piano), Steve Eisenstadt (bass), David Shore (drums).

The reason for the mask? When this was filmed, I had the flu really bad. A few days later the flu caused me to have a stroke. ‘‘You Can’t Trust a Fart”

“New Wayfaring Strangers” co-written with Mark “Brink” Brinkman

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